Keeping Your Grass Green – Is it worth the cost?

Since this is an environmental site, let’s talk about how keeping your grass green can influence the environment and is probably not something that someone like you, the solar water heater supporters, should ever do.

Yes, having your grass green is a site to behold.

Beating your neighbor in a  little friendly competition to see whose lawn is really the master of all lawns in the entire neighborhood, county or state is a bit of a bragging right.

You know the work it takes to get there.

You seed.


and Seed again.

You water and you grow a a thriving yard.

Filling up your property with invasive species. (Did you know that most grasses in your yard are invasive?)

So there you are spreading the invaders and helping them grown with excessive amount of water use (more than your teenage daughter uses) for a miles of lush green bragging right.

Then you look over and you notice that Mr. Neighbor guy has this nifty little pusher thing with little pellets coming out of it.

You look across the street and you see a Lawn Care Truck on a lush green lawn.

You look up the street and you see yet another curious contraption.  A larger roller.

All these things are costly ways to help  your lawn look good.

Being the Mr. Keep up with the Jone’s person you are, you immediately start to research which is the best way to keep your lawn looking like a million dollars.

After all, you lawn shows the world the first impression of your home…and that must be the first impression of you.

Not wanting to taint your prominent expectations of yourself, you read about adding nitrogen, phosphorus and all sorts of other nutrients to your soil.

But, you….you wise soul, you decided to do a test spot because you don’t want to waste anything and clearly you can not afford to totally screw up your soon to be majestic lawn.

You do a great little research plot in the back yard where no one will notice.

You have 5 areas sectioned out and you place the recommend amount of fertilizer per square foot in the middle box.

To the left, you put 10% more than what is recommended and and to the left of that 25% more.

To the right, you put 10% less and then 20% less.

You are truly a scientific lawn genius.

You water for seven days and keep track of the progress or lack thereof and you take observational notes morning noon and night.

To your surprise, all plots of grass are thriving.

Even the lowest amount of fertilization looks good in comparison to the unfertilized pastures surrounding it.

On the far left is an immaculate lush pile of grasses.

There are so many that they are falling over each other and the color is a beautiful deep green.

Although all plots of grass are significantly better than any of your unfertilized grass, you fall in love with the excessively fertilized plot.

After all, it’s like a bald man winning the lottery……the hair lottery.

You decide to take things into your own hands and follow your own way.

You buy 25% more fertilizer than suggested and you go to town on your yard.

Days later you revel in the successful and thriving lush lawn that is bestowed upon your neighborhood.

You could swear that cars are slowing as they pass by to admire your lovely long grassy locks.

You quickly realized that more fertilizer means more work.

You have to mow more often but you are ok with that because you and the neighbors lover your new outdoor carpeting.

About two months or fewer down the road, you are talking to your neighbors about the pond just below the bend in your neighborhood where the kids USE to play.

You talk about how they would skip rocks and some would pretend fish or fish for real.

You, of course, are the problem solver are up for the challenge of solving a new mystery.

So you take some time, drink some beers and relax all the while trying to come up with a solution about that pond.

What’s wrong with the pond?

The pond is taken over by green algae.

It’s everywhere.

The kids think it’s gross.

The pond is one of the reasons you built your house in the neighborhood and you and your neighbors are peeved that the HOA won’t take care of this travesty.

So…once again…you must take things into your own hands.

You do a lot of talking with your equally upset neighbors and you all come to one conclusion.

It must be global warming.



Fun Fact of the Day: Algae will grow more when fertilized.


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